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A Variety of Responses

A Variety of Responses

Pentecost has come. Remember Pentecost was one of the three great Jewish pilgrimage feasts – a time when all faithful Jews were expected to come to Jerusalem for special Temple events and celebrations. Pentecost, or Shavuot in Hebrew, was - in earliest Judaism – a celebration of the harvest held 50 days after Passover. In later Judaism, it also included the celebration of Moses receiving the Law from God. It was an important day, that is why Jews from all over that part of the world were present in Jerusalem.
So they – the 120 Believers who have been given new life and passion by the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus – they have come to Jerusalem, as instructed by Jesus, to await the coming of the Holy Spirit. They have gathered together in one place – we don’t really know where except that tradition suggest that this large room was on Mount Zion – what is known as the Upper City in first century Jerusalem.
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